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Joaquín Nin-Culmell and José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos family papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joaquín Nin-Culmell and José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos family papers
    Date (inclusive): 1863-2003, undated.
    Date (bulk): 1910-2002
    Collection Number: MS 076
    Creators: Nin-Culmell, Joaquín, 1908-2004; Nin y Castellanos, José Joaquín
    Extent: 40.48 linear feet (67 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, scores, reviews and other material pertaining to Joaquín Nin-Culmell, a twentieth century Cuban-Spanish composer, conductor, pianist, and professor, and his father José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos, a twentieth century Cuban pianist and composer. The included materials document both the professional and personal lives of both men with an emphasis on their musical careers. Highlights include several versions of Nin-Culmell's opera La Celestina, numerous concert programs and reviews of worldwide performances, published and unpublished scores, photographs of Nin-Culmell and his performances, and correspondence with notable musicians of their time.
    Languages: The collection is primarily in English, but also contains material in Spanish, French, German, and Catalan.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Joaquín Nin-Culmell and José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos family papers (MS 076). Special Collections & University Archives, UCR Library, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Joaquín Nin-Culmell and José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos family papers were acquired in 2005.

    Processing History

    Processed by Eric Johns, 2015.

    Biography

    Joaquín Nin-Culmell was born in Berlin, Germany in 1908 to Cuban singer Rosa Culmell and pianist-composer José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos. Nin Culmell went onto become a composer, pianist, conductor, lecturer, and emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He was educated at the Schola Cantorum (1925-1930) first studying in the class of Paul Braud and then privately with Alfred Cortot and Ricardo Vines. At the Paris Conservatory Nin-Culmell studied harmony, counterpoint, and fugue with Jean and Noel Gallon, and composition with Paul Dukas. As a concert virtuoso, Nin-Culmell performed in Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, England, the United States, Canada, and Cuba. He also taught music at Williams College and the University of California, Berkeley, retiring in 1971 as Professor Emeritus. He was founder and conductor of the Berkshire Community Orchestra and conductor of the University of California Symphony from 1950-1954 also having served as guest conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Municipal Orchestra of Barcelona. Nin-Culmell composed music for piano, voice, string quartet, solo cello, solo guitar, orchestra, and unaccompanied chorus. Perhaps his most famous work, Nin-Culmell was the composer of the opera La Celestina (1985) based on a 15th century drama. Nin Culmell passed away in January 2004.
    José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos was born in Havana, Cuba in 1879 and was raised in Barcelona, Spain. Nin y Castellanos studied piano in Barcelona with Felipe Pedrell and eventually returned to Cuba in 1901, where he met his future wife, Rosa Culmell. The couple returned to Europe, primarily Paris, where he pursued his career as a pianist, performing all over Europe and in parts of South America. He was also an editor and publisher of early Spanish keyboard and vocal composers. His many collaborations with violinists of note and his close friendship with violinists such as Paul Kochanski, Jeanne Gautier, Mischa Elman, Jacques Thibaud, Albert Spalding and Manuel Quiroga amongst others made his transcriptions for violin and piano an attractive alternative to the available virtuoso arrangements in vogue at the time. The Spanish Civil War and World War II terminated his performing, composing, and editing career in Europe so he returned to Havana, Cuba in 1939 where he lived until his death in 1949. Nin y Castellanos' lasting contribution to the divulgation of Spanish folklore and Spanish composers of the 18th century is evidenced by the many world-wide performances of his compositions and editions.
    José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos and Rosa Culmell were the parents of Anais Nin, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Thorvald Nin. José Joaquín and Rosa divorced in 1924. José Joaquín was re-married to Maria Luisa Rodriguez, with their marriage ending shortly before World War II.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, scores, reviews and other material pertaining to Joaquín Nin-Culmell and his father José Joaquín Nin y Castellanos. The included materials document both the professional and personal lives of both men with an emphasis on their musical careers. Highlights include several versions of Nin-Culmell's opera La Celestina, numerous concert programs and reviews of worldwide performances, published and unpublished scores, photographs of Nin-Culmell and his performances, and correspondence with notable musicians of their time.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series and twenty-three sub-series. Series and sub-series arrangement is as follows:
    • Series 1. Joaquin Nin-Culmell. 1901-2003, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.1. Articles and publications. 1901-2002, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.2. Artifacts. 1914-1996, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.3. Audiovisual material. 1979-2002, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.4. Biographical material. 1934-2001, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.5. Correspondence. 1905-2003, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.6. Essays, notes, and other material. 1910-2001, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.7. Interview transcripts. 1939-2001, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.8. Personal documents. 1926-2003, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.9. Photographs and other material. 1909-2003, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.10. Programs. 1913-2002, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.11. Promotional material. 1936-2001, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.12. Reviews. 1910-2001, undated.
    • Sub-series 1.13. Scores and related material. 1916-2002, undated.
    • Series 2. Jose Joaquin Nin y Castellanos. 1863-1999, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.1. Biographical material. 1926-1998, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.2. Correspondence. 1900-1950, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.3. Essays, notes, and other material. 1902-1949, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.4. Personal documents. 1903-1950, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.5. Photographs and other material. 1896, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.6. Programs. 1897-1999, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.7. Promotional material. 1907-1932, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.8. Publications. 1863-1979, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.9. Reviews. 1912-1999, undated.
    • Sub-series 2.10. Scores and related material. 1915-1943, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Composers.
    Music.
    Nin y Castellanos, José Joaquín
    Nin-Culmell, Joaquín, 1908-2004
    Pianists.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence.
    Documents.
    Manuscripts.
    Photographs.
    Scores.